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Other - What is the least expensive prescription opiate?

Discussion in 'Opiates & Opioids' started by 46 AND 2, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. 46 AND 2

    46 AND 2 Newbie

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    I am prescribed opiates for chronic pain. Several years ago, I had good health insurance and all my medications were pretty much paid for. I mostly took Vicodin and Percocet and I remember them costing me next to nothing. I stopped taking opiates for about 2 years and just smoked pot, but that wasn't doing enough for the pain after a while. Now that I am back on opiates, I don't have any health insurance this go around. My doctor prescribed me Norco to start off since its been a while with me on opiates. With my next visit, she said we would move back up to Vicodin or Percocet. But when I went to get my script filled, it cost me about XXX for 100 pills of Norco. I learned afterwards, that prescriptions are not one fixed cost and it's smart to call different pharmacies and get prices before getting a script filled. With that in mind, does anyone know generally what the cheapest prescription opiate is? I'm sure my doctor would take a suggestion if I mentioned it was for cost. Thanks for any feedback.
     
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  2. Potter

    Potter Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Price discussion is strictly against the rules.

    Ask your pharmacist, tell them this is getting to expensive and you need a cheaper option. What about generics? Tell your doctor! There is nothing wrong with this question.

    Can you get better insurance? I'm poor and got Gov't insurance with HMO coverage, so all generics are $4-5, even my adderal.
     
  3. LaLaLander

    LaLaLander Silver Member

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    Methadone is a very cheap prescription opiate. I really don't think that this is breaking any price disscussion rules.
     
  4. 46 AND 2

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    I'm sorry, I thought that rule applied only to illicit drugs. I will research a little more and see what I can come up with. The Norco script I filled was the generic hydrocodone/acetaminophen 10/325, which is why I was surprised it was so expensive even without insurance. I did come across an article that says CVS pharmacy prices are typically more expensive than other pharmacies, so I think I'll be avoiding them. I'll also ask my doctor. I'm sure she will have at least some idea.
     
  5. LaLaLander

    LaLaLander Silver Member

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    Whatever you are prescribed, be sure to call around to different pharmacies and check prices. You will probably get a better price at a little mom and pop pharmacy then a big chain. I pay over a hundred dollars less for my Dilaudid script at a small pharmacy then at a big chain store.
     
  6. Solinari

    Solinari Titanium Member

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    Wait a minute, price discussion on a legal prescription for therapeutic reasons is not allowed? That is ridiculous and I find it hard to believe.

    The rule is as follows...




    Not being able to discuss the price of illicit street drugs I fully support but not being allowed to talk about the price of medication, that's a bit silly and seems it's a bit of grey area. I am not convinced the rule applies in this case.
     
  7. Phungushead

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    [IMGL="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=551&pictureid=17751[/IMGL] QUICK RULE CLARIFICATION:

    This has come up several times in the past. The key phrase in the rule is this...

    "Prices & sources of common products from national chain stores like K-mart are allowed."

    It may seem a little contradictory at first, but the kind of price discussion in this thread is allowed, because it concerns prices found in national pharmacies.

    I know it's a little bit of a gray area as many prescribed drugs are controlled substances, and also because prescription drugs are commonly sold as 'street' drugs.

    Bottom Line: Price discussion of prescription drugs is allowed, if obtained from a pharmacy.
     
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  8. trdofbeingtrd

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    Target has a great program considering I have NO insurance, I get my hydrocodone 10/325 and ibuprofen 800's for 62 bucks, considering it's FAR more than that as usual.

    You just have to fill out that target pharmacy pamphlet and get their prescription card, it's the best I can find without insurance.
     
  9. Fentiful

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    Since prices can very store to store as well as area to area, I would recommend calling and asking a pharmacist that specific question, as well as briefly describing your circumstances.

    Some people don't realize that big box stores such as Sam's Club where a membership is required for shopping have to allow access to the pharmacy regardless of membership status. Often times there is a substantially lower cost.

    I would also contact the county you live in and inquire into indigent health plans that are available at zero to low cost depending upon income or lack thereof. Most hospital's also have a financial assistance program that offer similar terms. I was on such a program that paid 100% of my medical care and prescriptions. It's definately worth a look into if you don't qualify for Medicaid.
     
  10. 46 AND 2

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    Thank you all again for you suggestions. To update, I was able to call local pharmacies and get prices over the phone from most of them. I have found that it is typically least expensive to fill my prescriptions at Target and Walgreens.

    On the other hand, CVS was the biggest rip off.
     
  11. aztech_1

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    bizarre - in SWIM's experience WALGREENS is the biggest ripoff, CVS was much better in prices over Wallgreens. May be it differs from medicine to medicine - but in SWIM's case Wallgreens was always more for the same meds...
     
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    As a general rule, the older the drug the less it costs. A few years ago I was taking codeine+acetominophen for pain, I remember the cost as being almost nothing...
     
  13. Soma Cruz

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    This is a very good point. It also helps to consider the more manufacturers a drug has, whether it's available in generic form, and how commonly prescribed it is.

    OP, sometimes you can ask your doctor to write a prescription for the generic version or the brand name, with both of them stated on the pad, if price is an issue. You might want to try this. I have filled prescriptions for both "Norco" and "hydrocodone + APAP/generic for Norco" and the latter was about half the cost, something like $100 vs $50 for 120 counts of both, respectively, at Target.